One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. |
As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz," and he pulled out a one-gallon, Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.
When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full? "Everyone in the class yelled, "Yes."
The time management expert replied, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"
By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel.
Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?" "No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good." Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.
Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"
"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is,
"If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all.
What are the big rocks in your life -- time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, your friends, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these big rocks in first or you'll never get them in at all."
So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the big rocks in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.
Jesus said; "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Jesus came to reconcile us to God, from whom we were separated because of our sins. He died on the cross, taking the penalty for our sins upon Himself, so that we could receive forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus!
Jesus gladly gave up His life on the cross so that, through our faith in His death and His resurrection, our relationship with God might be restored.
When you believe in Jesus and receive Him as your Savior and Lord, then you can begin to enjoy the wonderful fellowship with God that He planned for you.
If you have understood that Jesus died in your place and have already received His gift of eternal life, Praise the Lord!! You are now standing on the ROCK OF AGES. There is no better place to be! Having taken that step, all the other stones and pebbles and sand grains of your life will gradually settle into their rightful and proper places.
If you have not received Jesus as your Rock why not receive Him right now?
We encourage you to refer to the LIFEQUEST "Food for Thought" topics of Salvation and Gospel which will further explain what He has done for you, how much God loves you and show you how to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
God bless you and have a great day!